Director of Career Services

Goodwin University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Career Services, Disabled Student Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description Summary/Purpose :

Under the supervision of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, the Director of Career Services , would be responsible for providing oversight and management of the Office of Career Services within the Department of Student Affairs at Goodwin University. The Director of Career Services has overall responsibility for strategic planning, program delivery and assessment, budget and personnel management for the Goodwin University Career Services Office that serves more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni. The Career Services Office provides a full range of services, including career coaching, signature career events, classroom presentations, first destination data collection, professional development workshops, job postings and employer relations. New initiatives will require a forward-thinking, creative leader who has demonstrated a commitment to student academic and career preparation. The Director will seek to engage key constituents on campus, scale career education, and develop robust career initiatives for the Goodwin University community.

Essential Job Functions/Primary Responsibilities :

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Lead the development of a cohesive and integrated strategy for career education for Goodwin University, ensuring all students are “career ready” upon graduation.
  • Oversee the design of inclusive programming, services, and environment for staff, students, and partners of the Career Services and Student Affairs office.
  • Lead and empower Career Services professional staff to serve students and employers, and increase the impact and reach of the office.
  • Develop and implement scaled career education solutions which are woven into the fabric of the curriculum and student experience at Goodwin University.
  • Initiate and build career programs that support individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures as well as recruit and hire professional staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Lead the process to develop, gather, and synthesize career related “first destination” data to effectively tell the Goodwin story to students, constituents on campus, prospective students, employers, and external stakeholders.
  • Direct Career Services strategic planning, assessment, and program review.
  • Meet regularly with deans, faculty, and key staff for the purpose of building a strong career ecosystem across campus.
  • Consult and communicate with other divisions and departments at Goodwin University in connecting and building campus career initiatives.
Other Functions
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
  • Continues professional development and training; keeps current with trends.
  • Assists other department staff as needed to promote a team effort.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill :
  • Knowledgeable about all the University’s academic programs and related degree/certificate information and keep that knowledge up to date
  • Strong self-directed learning and teamwork skills as well as superior interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to maintain a student-centered approach to service and deal in a friendly and helpful manner
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to be flexible
  • Ability to always remain sensitive to issues of ethnicity, disability, and diversity of population. Adheres to strict confidentiality and other ethical standards.
  • Ability to manage stress well and be adaptable in a changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Approaches issues with a problem-solving at t itude while exercising independent judgment and ethical decision making
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all student records and related documents
  • Knowledge of FOCUS 2
  • Proficient in Microsoft Of f ice Suite and Excel
  • Proven leadership and management skills.
  • Strong multicultural competency and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Marketing, promotional campaign management, and story-telling skills highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with setting strategic team goals, creating meaningful performance indicators, and using data to drive continuous improvement.
  • Expertise and understanding of emerging trends and innovations within the field of higher education
  • Analytical mind and problem solver with an ability to think systemically
  • Experience leveraging technology to streamline and increase the impact of programs and work
Minimum Required Qualifications :
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace
Education, Training and Experience :
  • Master’s degree required with at least 5 years of experience in higher education, career services, workforce development, human resources, or related field.
Special Requirements :
  • Valid CT Driver’s license and insured vehicle.
Physical and Mental Requirements :

Work Environment None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Outdoor Weather Conditions X Work with fumes or airborne particles X Work near moving mechanical parts X Risk of electrical shock X Vibration X

Physical Activity None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Standing X Walking X Sitting X Talking & Hearing X Using hands/fingers to handle/feel X Climbing or balancing X Bending, pulling, pushing X Driving X

Lifting Requirements None Under 1/3 1/3 to 2/3 Over 2/3 Up to 10 pounds X Up to 25 pounds X Up to 50 pounds X Up to 75 pounds X Up to 100 pounds X Over 100 pounds X

Vision Requirements:

X Close vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 inches or less)

X Distance vision (i.e. clear vision at 20 feet or more)

X Color vision (i.e. ability to identify and distinguish colors)

X Peripheral vision (i.e. ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or

left and right while the eyes are fixed on a given point)

X Depth perception (i.e. three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and

spatial relationships)

___ No special vision requirements

*Applicants must submit a C.V. and Cover Letter*

(This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

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